by Tiffanie Grady-Gillespie, Certified Physical Trainer, Certified Corporate Wellness Coach, WickedFiTT
I am not sure if I have told all of you but I really love November. For me, it is the time to look back on the year and all of the things in my life I am thankful for. It is a great reminder that no matter how crazy, how many curveballs, or how many times I may have been knocked down in the past year there is always, always, ALWAYS, something to be grateful for.
I would like to challenge all of you to take a few moments and think about all of the things you are thankful for …
If you need one more reason to be thankful, here’s a great one. More and more researchers are finding that being thankful is actually good for your overall health. Additional studies have shown gratitude can even strengthen our immune systems. So, can you imagine what would happen if we extended the tradition of thankfulness, typically celebrated just once a year during the holiday season, throughout the entire year?
Let me give you just a few of the amazing possibilities.
Did you know people who are thankful seem to sleep better? And we all know that sleep is so important to mental and physical health.
Research shows that grateful people have less depression and stress, lower blood pressure, more energy and greater optimism.
Being thankful may help suppress feelings of anger, aggression, irritation, greed, jealousy, regret or resentment. It also appears to make people less materialistic.
Additional research has suggested that people who are grateful are more likely to exercise and take on various forms of physical activity.
I know it sounds crazy, but gratitude encourages the release of dopamine, which can also help improve physical pain. Thankful people experience less pain and report feeling healthier than other people.
Research on gratitude and thankfulness has repeatedly shown that thankful people have higher energy levels and are more relaxed. They are happier and healthier. So that means, being grateful has the potential to lengthen our productive life. How can we not love all of these reasons?
It’s so easy to get bogged down with all the negativity in the world, making it even more important to take the time to think about all there is to be thankful for and to find practical ways to be optimistic and grateful each and every day of the year. It’s easier to do than you think, so let’s all start this Thanksgiving and make it a point to count our blessings all year long.
And, if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s definitely to cherish every moment and to enjoy and be thankful for the simple, little things. So, before I go, I want you all to know I truly appreciate each and every one of you and the time you’re investing in your health and fitness! You are super amazing, and I am so thankful for you. Happy 2021!
Please feel free to contact me with any of your fitness questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.